The Italian Meatball Sub or Spaghetti with Meatballs

One of my hubby’s favorite sandwiches is the Meatball Sub. This post is dedicated to him. Of course, everyone has their favorite toppings for putting on their sandwich, such as mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, black olives, cheese, etc., but I left this one plain, as is, so you can get the full effect. You can either enjoy this on a nice loaf of your favorite bread, or over pasta. Either way, it’s delicious, and hearty, and satisfying. This recipe will give you about one dozen meatballs, for a serving size of 3 per person, enough for 4 people. Here we go……

Step 1- For the Meatballs

1 pound lean ground beef

1 egg

1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper (or less if you don’t want it too spicy)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

1 cup water

skillet or pan with cover

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, and form 12 even meatballs, about 2 inches big. Put water into your skillet or pan and place on medium-high heat. Once water comes to a boil, carefully place meatballs in the water to start cooking, and cover for about 20 minutes. Next it is time to make your sauce.

Step 2- Making the Sauce

(1) 6 ounce can tomato paste

(3) cans of water, or 18 ounces of water, or 2 cups plus 2 ounces of water (or a little more water, if needed

1-2 teaspoons sea salt (start off with less, and add more if needed) 

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sugar substitute

1/2 teaspoon ground bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Place all ingredients for sauce into skillet or pan with meatballs. Stir all ingredients together carefully so meatballs don’t break, and cook on low for about 30 minutes, covered, letting the flavors marry. Remove from heat, and let cool for a few minutes, and try them with your favorite bread, or toss some sauce with pasta, and serve with meatballs. Either way, ENJOY !!!


The Italian Meatball Sub or Spaghetti with Meatballs


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